My journey into the outdoors started as a child, I was always playing in the woods and telling myself stories about the fairies and other mystical creatures that lived in the trees. But during my teenage and college years I lost touch with that side of myself, consumed by more material concerns. It was only when I escaped from an abusive relationship during my senior year in college that I found the mountains again. Hiking for me was a place of healing, and a place to rediscover myself. But it has also been a place of trauma and a place to harm myself.
My relationship with the outdoors is complicated, and yet I consistently return to the outdoors for healing, for peace, for a place of contemplation. No matter what hardships I face in the mountains, or in the ocean, I always come away having learned something.
I wanted to create this podcast to highlight the stories of everyday people who have learned something, about themselves, about the world, in the outdoors. I sincerely hope you enjoy.